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This special exhibit at Polk Presidential Hall tells the story of the Nashville mansion where James K. Polk died three months after leaving the White House and where his wife Sarah stayed for the remaining forty-two years of her life. Originally the residence of U.S. Senator Felix Grundy, the house was purchased by President Polk to be his retirement home. Following his unexpected death during a cholera epidemic, his widow transformed Polk Place into a memorial for her husband. Although the house was demolished in 1901, Sarah's efforts to spotlight President Polk's accomplishments by showcasing his belongings have been continued at the President James K. Polk Home and Museum.
Featuring original furnishings from Polk Place, the exhibit is open to the public during the Polk Home's regular operating hours. Visitors can purchase tickets for $5 per adult and $3 per child or buy combination tickets that also include admission to the Polk Home.
The James K. Polk Home and Museum is located at 301 W. 7th Street in downtown Columbia, TN.
Free parking is available in the lot across 7th Street or along High Street on the east side of the main house.